The Premier League can be a cruel place for struggling managers and the first to get sacked is a great market to get in on early with some interesting prices!
The new Premier Leauge season starts this weekend and with that so does the managerial merry-go-round. Owners of Premier League clubs aren’t renowned for being the most patient and if a team isn’t doing well, they will make changes.
Last season, there were seven sackings in total. Javi Garcia was the first of which to lose his job at Watford, on September 7th. Watford rock bottom at the time and needed change after just five weeks. It didn’t help them though as they went on to have four different managers over the year and were still relegated.
Sacking managers is an expensive task and clubs need to be sure things need to change before, or that they don’t have a long contract left and sacking them won’t break the bank! Hopefully, none will be handed as badly as Brighton when they sacked Gus Poyet!
Premier League Sack Race 2020/21 Odds (Betfair)
David Moyes – 7/2
The favourite to get the sack first is the ex-Everton and Man United manager David Moyes. Now at West Ham for his second stint, the Scottish manager has a very tricky start to the season. His side plays Newcastle in the first game of the season and then have Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Spurs, City and Liverpool. This is a horrendous start and one that could see West Ham lose a lot of games. Should they be near the bottom of the table and the fact that Moyes’ contract is only until the end of the season, he could well be the first one to go.
Roy Hodgson – 5/1
Like Moyes, Hodgson is only contracted at Crystal Palace until the end of the season. He has been at Palace since 2019 and it could well be time for a change soon. Palace doesn’t play the most exciting football and last season were the second-lowest scorers in the league. In there first five games they play Man United, Chelsea and Everton which will all be a very tough game. On top of that, Zaha is looking to leave and if he’s not there or fully focused it could have a huge effect on Hodgson’s future. Players may start to find it uncomfortable playing under him like Steven Gerrard did.
Steve Bruce – 9/1
This is one we would be surprised if it happened. Bruce has done well at the club and they have backed him this week bringing in three players he wanted in Wilson, Lewis and Fraser. However, he does have United and Spurs in their opening five games. On top of this, there are mixed opinions on Bruce from the fans. Not many are his biggest fan and he doesn’t play the most exciting football. It could happen but we think there are other managers more likely to go first.
Sean Dyche – 9/1
Burnley’s manager will not be as worried as the rest with his opening five games. His side are taking on Leicester and Spurs but apart from that its a start where they can get some points from. Dyche has been at Burnely since 2012 and his current contract is until 2022. Burnley fans are loyal to Dyche and it would take a lot for the owners to get rid of him.
Scott Parker – 10/1
We think Fulhams manager has a more realistic chance of losing his job before Bruce and Dyche. He came is as caretaker manager in 2019 and did well which resulted in him keeping his job. Fulham came up through the Play-Offs after finishing fourth. They take on Arsenal in their opening game and then have a fairly easy run. However, this could backfire. Fulham knows it’s going to be tough to stay up this season and need every point they can get. If they don’t pick up as many as they probably should in the “easier” games then the board may be forced to make a decision so they are in a relegation fight!